Trends in education now point firmly towards a private future for British universities is the argument of James Tooley who edits a collection of articles in Economic Affairs. Tooley points out that, though all British universities are private institutions and at present only 41 per cent of their income comes from direct government grants, they have allowed themselves to fall increasingly under government control. But he sees several reasons to expect universities to break free from the state. These include student fees and innovative student loan models being developed in other countries and private universities flourishing worldwide. He argues that the new vigour of the debate in Britain about the future of universities demonstrates that radical change may be in prospect.
Economic Affairs, published by The Institute of Economic Affairs ISSN 0265-0665